An Interview with Vignesh Snaper, Street Photographer from India




RK : Say something about you.

Vignesh : I am Vignesh from Tamilnadu, Photography is a passion to me, For past 4 years I am documenting the rituals and festivals of India. I mainly do portrait photography sometimes street photography too .I don’t click the subject as soon as I saw ,I interact with them, make them comfortable with me then i proceed

RK : What are your favorite genres of Photography?

Vignesh : Portrait and street photography

RK : What camera do you use the majority of the time?

Vignesh : 5D mark iii with 50mm f 1.4.

RK : What does ‘street photography’ mean to you?

Vignesh : Street photography is not just clicking whatever you see ,first you should decide what all your going to include in the frame, then compose them and click it ,first think whether your frame is able to convey the story to others, think in audience perspective also.



RK : In recent years, Street Photography has boomed, what do you think it’s due to? And what evolution has there been?

Vignesh : I recently saw a troll ,I remember that now ,everyone buys a Dslr, starts a FB page ,he is going to park to take pictures of flowers and all ,taking 100 pictures ,when reviewing the photos 99 where blur ,he delete the 1 proper photo ,and post remaining 99 photos with the caption Life is blur ,this is just now happening in photography.



RK : How does Black and White vs Color play into your work? Do you find them to be totally separate beasts—or complementary?

Vignesh : Black & white strongly coveys the message what you are coming to say ,because there is no color to distract the audience full view will be on subject. same in color photo, if the subject is not good means also ,the color play in the frame makes the picture good, hence both are separate beasts.

RK : What photo are you most proud of?

Vignesh : Photos of Kulasekharapatinam Dhasara festival.



RK : What's the most exciting shoot you've ever been on?

Vignesh : Mayana kollai and Dhasara festival is most exciting shoot ever to me

RK : Being a portrait photographer, what is your favorite kind of portrait photography, and what is it that interests you so much?

Vignesh : I love to take portrait of gypsy children ,their eyes are colorfull and powerfull and their convey poverty and many thing.



RK : In your opinion, what are some of the qualities that make some photographic portraits stand out and apart from ordinary photos of people? Can you offer some examples of great photo portraits that hold power for you?

Vignesh : In portrait the subject must be more clear ,no distractions in background must me there ,composition and lights make the good portrait photographer ,my gypsy portraits hold power for me.

RK : If you were told that you could only keep one camera and lens combination, what would it be?

Vignesh : I always prefer 5dmark III with 50mm f 1.4.



RK : Where is your photography going? What are you currently working on and do you have any photographic plans for future?

Vignesh : Photography is going well as usual ,currently doing documentary on Indian rituals and festivals, future plan is to do document on endangering folk arts.

RK : What do you do besides photography?

Vignesh : I am doing my own business.

RK : What's the best advice you can give to photographers looking to shoot portraits professionally?

Vignesh : Photographers who looking to shoot portraits professionally

· Don’t click as soon as you see the subject, just interact with them just observe what they are saying, make the comfortable ,once they are ok with you just keep interacting and click them.

· Lighting is more important in portrait ,carry a led or strobe light with you, It’s more enough to make a good portrait.

· Composition matters ,compose the subject well in the frame

· Background should not distract the subject ,choose a clean dark background to highlight the subject.



RK : How can photographers use social media to transition in to full time professional work?

Vignesh : Up to me, it’s very hard in nowadays ,due to huge number of photographers

RK : We (Retro Kolkata) are trying to make a bridge between National and International Art & Culture By featuring some National & International personalities who already have made their own path in their respective fields and we think your story and tips might help the newcomers to build their career. Please say something about our initiative and any special message for your followers.

Vignesh : Retro Kolkata is a good initiative, keep doing my hearty congratulations.

Be a photographer ,don’t over cook your image in editing it doesn’t make a sense to photography.






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